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A Classification of Semantic Case-Relations in the Pauline Epistles

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Simon Sek-muk Wong

This study is an application of case theory to analyze the verbal frames of the Greek represented in the thirteen Epistles of Paul, with the result in the semantic classification of all the content verbs with their counterparts, which may include nouns, prepositional phrases, etc. In order to examine the syntactic realization of these semantic cases, all case relations have been presented in the form of a two-level specification, such as A P with the semantic case on the top and its syntactic constituent at the bottom. A framework as the one presented here, containing a model and a notation which can relate both syntactic and semantic relations, should allow the comparison of verbs within a language and across languages, even those with greatly different surface structures.